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WEATHER ALERT: Severe storms expected late this afternoon and evening

217 Today: Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021

Today’s headlines:

  • Governor JB Pritzker Wednesday announced $94 million dollars will be used to fund 96 airport projects statewide, many of which won’t be eligible for federal infrastructure money.

  • The state’s economy continues to grow at a good pace, according to the monthly Flash Index from the University of Illinois.

  • The dancers of the Champaign Urbana Ballet are busy preparing for the company’s annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn why some libraries are starting to hire social workers to better serve their communities. 

217 Today is produced by Farrah Anderson. Reporting today contributed by Hannah Meisel, Jim Meadows, Olivia Vamos and Darian Benson

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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Severe storms possible Thursday evening and overnight

From the National Weather Service in Central Illinois: A line of t’storms will affect the area late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. Some severe storms are in the forecast, with damaging wind gusts and large hail. Stay weather aware and be ready to take shelter when storms approach.